Introducing our new Ear Correction Surgery

Although it is only thought that 1-2% of the UK population have prominent ears, the way in which it can negatively impact people’s lives can cause it to be a serious issue.

Prominent ears can cause those affected to have low self-confidence and just generally feel unhappy about their appearance. At The Private Clinic we are excited to launch a new treatment that offers an alternative way to correct prominent ears without the need for general anaesthetic and downtime.

Earfold ®

EarFold® is the name of a small implant that has been designed to reshape prominent ears quickly. The implant itself is curved so once it has been inserted into the ear it will spring into shape holding your ear in its new position. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and unlike an Otoplasty/Pinnaplasty you will have a chance to choose how your ears will look before the surgery takes place.

How an EarFold® compares to an Otoplasty Procedure.

EarFold® Otoplasty
Choose the position of your ears before procedure Yes No
Recovery Time Up to 7 days (bruising & swelling) Up to 6 weeks
Procedure time 20 Minutes 1-2 Hours
Aftercare Adhesive Dressing Protective Dressing/Head Bandage

An Earfold® implant is made from a highly elastic material called nitinol which is commonly used within medicine. The implant is then coated with 24-carat gold which helps to reduce visibility under your skin.

An EarFold® implant will be suitable for anyone with poor development of the antihelical fold which is actually the cause of the majority of prominent ears. If your ear prominence is down to having a deep conchal bowl however, EarFold may not be suitable for you but a consultation with one of our specialist surgeons will be able to assess your suitability.


Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty as it is also known, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to resize, reshape or reposition prominent ears.

An otoplasty can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic depending on your individual case. During the procedure your surgeon will make an incision along the crease-line located behind your ear. They will remove excess cartilage that is causing your ears to protrude before then pinning it back along the fold setting it into its new position closer to your head.

You will need to take some time off work after an Otoplasty to ensure your safety and recovery. You will also be required to wear bandaging 5-7 days to help support the wound and it can take up to 6 weeks for full recovery.

The Private Clinic

We are the UK’s leading cosmetic group and have some of the most experienced surgeons in the country working with us. Consultant Facial Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Mr Brian Musgrove joins us at our London Harley Street clinic to offer The EarFold® Procedure.

Mr Brian Musgrove has been a trainer for Allergan (the manufacturer of EarFold®) for the last 2 years. He has been doing Earfold® for 3 years and has performed on average 300 per year so far.

Dr Jacobus Vlok is also available to offer the EarFold® procedure at our Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester clinic

We are also proud to have some of the most experienced Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons as part of our ear reshaping team including:

Mr Davood Fallahdar in London

Mr Navid Jallali in London

Mr Miles Berry in London

Miss Sujatha Tadiparthi in London

Mr Deemesh Oudit in Manchester

Mr Vasu Karri in Leeds

Mr Alastair Lowrie in Glasgow

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What are the signs for thinning hair?

With the recent emotional outpouring from Nadia Sawalha from Loose Women regarding her hair loss fears and the confession from Ronnie Wood refusing chemotherapy in case he lost his hair, it seems that the fear of losing one’s locks is still a very emotive issue for many.  And one that is being increasingly thrust into the spotlight. This is good news for many as those suffering with hair loss or thinning may have felt alone in their struggles before.

What should you do if you feel you are losing hair?” The important thing here is not to fear the worst!” says Jane Mayhead, Senior Trichologist.

Top signs for thinning hair can include;

Hair Clumps – We are all prone to some natural ‘hair fall’ and you will probably notice this as your brush your hair or in the shower after washing your hair, but in some cases you may notice a little more than your normal level of hair loss. If you run your fingers through your hair and come away with clumps of hair rather than a few strands then your hair is likely to be thinning.

Bald Patches – If you are experiencing what you feel is more than a natural hair fall then another sign to look for is areas of concentrated hair loss than may be creating thin areas of hair or even bald patches.

Weight – If you have thicker hair then the weight of your hair is a big giveaway for any changes that may be occurring. If you notice your hair feeling lighter, then this could be due to thinning.

Visible Scalp – Traditionally women tend to loose hair from the top of their heads near their partings unlike men who usually start to lose it from the front initially. If you have noticed that the width of your parting has changed or that your scalp is more visible than normal then you may be experiencing hair thinning.

Styling Problems – If you usually wear your hair in a ponytail then you may notice it starting to feel thinner than normal. You may also find you have to take more turns of your hair tie to secure it

“Thinning hair for both men and women can be a very emotional and often difficult to predict but just because you see an increase of shedding hair or feel your hair is not as thick as it was there’s no reason to feel in despair, talking to a Trichologist can be of great benefit in many ways”, advises Jane.

“In most cases hair loss or thinning is not serious. Indeed, even with chemotherapy hair loss, the hair returns to how it was after the treatment has finished in the vast majority of cases. There is also a new type of cold cap on the horizon making hair loss even less likely”

“We are here for emotional support and provide practical solutions for a varied range of hair loss issues with reassurance being the most common. Every case is different but in the vast majority of cases treatment or stability can be achieved if proper diagnosis is found in good time. Certainly, prevention is better than cure so checking the issue in the early stages is crucial! “

We only work with highly recognised, Trichology professionals certified by the Institute of Trichologists to get the best results for your needs.

Beginning with a thorough medical examination, your personal trichologist will analyse your hair problem and diagnose what the underlying issue is. They will advise on the most suitable treatment for your needs; be it medication, topical creams, nutritional rebalancing, or referral to one of The Private Clinic’s in-house Hair Transplant Surgeons or Dermatologists and will help you make sure your results are worthwhile and long-lasting.

Hair loss consultations are available in London Harley Street, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

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Is balding negatively affecting your work life?

Did you know the average person can shed anywhere up to 100 strands of hair each day? Knowing this result makes finding hair strands at the bottom of your shower, or on your hairbrush seems like nothing to raise an eyebrow about – but what happens when you start noticing a few more extra strands?

When your hair follicles become damaged or stressed it can cause them to essentially die and become inactive for long periods of time. This means that any hair loss is no longer replaced and with your existing strands falling out in larger quantities, this may be the time to seek guidance.

Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men and is often referred to as androgenic alopecia. By the time you reach fifty you will notice a significant change in your hair with your hair line naturally receding and your hair being thinner. For some however, these changes can happen as early as the age of twenty-one which is not unusual for someone suffering from male pattern baldness.

So with younger men finding themselves faced with this problem, what effect is it having on their work life?

The most common side effect of hair loss and baldness is loss of confidence. It can make the most outgoing person feel more restrained or withdrawn for the sake of not wanting to draw attention to their appearance. Whilst your co-workers, managers or clients are unlikely to be judging you based on your thinning hair – it is likely to be your own feelings about your hair loss that may affect you in a work place environment.

Media and culture have created some really negative feelings over hair loss and over appearances in general. Hair is something that men as well as women use and style in their own personal ways to make themselves feel more attractive and/or well-presented in the office for example.  Hair loss is associated with ageing and sometimes even poor health and as a result these connotations can cause some psychological effects with many businessmen and executives who find themselves dealing with self-esteem issues.

In many industries confidence is key so this can have a devastating effect on your work. Hair loss and balding are not likely to directly affect your job but feelings of anxiety and low self-esteem can. You may find yourself missing work days, lacking confidence in meetings and not putting yourself forward for promotions or additional work and unfortunately, it is not uncommon for men to find themselves changing their career paths because of their hair loss.

So what can be done?

If it is apparent that hair loss is negatively affecting your professional life then it is time to take action.

An FUE Hair Transplant involves removing healthy hair follicles from your donor area of healthy hair (which is usually at the back of the head )where the hair is plentiful and grafting them into the balding or thinning areas.

BBC Business News Reporter, Theo Leggett visited us to discuss a hair transplant to help fix his hair loss.

Unfortunately Theo was not a suitable candidate for hair loss at his stage of hair loss but in the radio interview which can be found here; at 12 minutes in.

Theo is not alone however with 75-80% of people are not actually suitable for a hair transplant and this usually comes down to how healthy your donor hair is.

Theo interestingly goes on to comment how there is a surge in bald celebrities that make the appearance of baldness more accepted and many have succeeded in becoming icons of cool despite their lack of locks. Nick Carvell, associate style editor at GQ magazine has also said that there are plenty of men in the public eye who don’t have a single hair on their head and that there are plenty of role models for bald men out there who have been so successful in different fields of work.

We are big supports of this, after all our motto is “it’s your body” so if you find a way to be comfortable and thrive in it then that is the route for you. However if you know that a hair transplant is going to give you that confidence boost and complete your look then we are here to offer you conscientious and personalised medical treatment.

If you are experiencing hair loss and it is in its early stages the best thing is to visit one of our highly recommended trichologists who will be able to assess and diagnose the extent of your hair loss and recommend further action.

As proven by Theo’s visit, sometimes waiting too long can inhibit your chances of being accepted for a hair transplant so we think it’s better to come in early and have more options open to you.

The Private Clinic

At The Private Clinic our Hair Transplant surgeons are specialised in FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and treat hundreds of patients every year meaning that you will be treated by highly experienced Doctors. FUE is a minimally invasive treatment, carried out under local anaesthetic and unlike the Strip (FUT) procedure; you won’t require any stitches after your treatment. Recovery time for an FUE Hair Transplant has been dramatically reduced and thanks to our advanced skills and techniques, results can be undetectable – you’ll be free to wear your hair long or short.

Our surgeons are the only surgeons in the UK offering the Unshaven Hair Transplant (U-FUE) to those who prefer not to shave beforehand. At your consultation, we will be able to advise you on whether an unshaven (or partially shaven) procedure is suitable for you.

Our specialist hair transplant surgeons; –

Dr. Raghu Reddy and Dr. Kouremada Zioga in London Harley Street
Dr. Mark Tam in Leeds and Bristol
Dr. Michail Mouzakis in Birmingham and Northampton
Mr Christopher D’Souza in Bristol and Manchester
Dr. Vikas Kunnure in Manchester and Glasgow

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Vaser Liposuction: Step by Step Guide


When it comes to enquiring about Vaser Liposuction, you will be offered a choice of two options; a free consultation with a patient advisor or a consultation with a fee with a Vaser Liposuction surgeon. In selected locations only a consultation with the surgeon is available.

If you decide to see a patient advisor first please be aware that a patient advisor is not medically trained and is only available to offer advice and guidance on the patient journey here at The Private Clinic rather than answer more technical questions.

An initial consultation with a patient advisor can still be very helpful for someone who is still undecided and simply wants a bit more information and some guidance as to whether they may be suitable for surgery or not. Your assigned patient advisor will be able to speak about the procedure in general as well as cover the standard aftercare advice and any risks or potential complications. The patient advisor works closely with the surgeon so they may also be able to offer you basic guidance as to whether you are suitable for the procedure.

After this consultation, you will be given some time to think about what was discussed and if you are still interested you can make an appointment for a second consultation with a surgeon which will be in a lot more detail. If you are after a more in-depth consultation then you are better of seeing your chosen surgeon as your first step.


You will be offered a free consultation with your chosen specialist Vaser Liposuction surgeon. This consultation is held with a view to youhaving the time to discuss all aspects of the procedure you are considering, as well as talking about other options or concerns if appropriate.

Your surgeon will need to know all aspects of your medical and family history to ensure that you are suitable for surgery.You will then go on to discuss the types of Vaser Liposuction that are available and the areas suitable for treatment. You will also be able to let your surgeon know your expectations from surgery and they will then be able to let you know the realistic outcome of what can be achieved based on the treatment options that you have selected.

Your surgeon will need to take a look at the areas you wish to have treated and may measure you and take photos for your medical records.

After the initial discussions have taken place and your surgeon has taken a look at you, they will be able to accurately recommend the treatment that is most suited to both your needs and your goals. They will then go on to explain the treatment in more detail and go through the potential complications from surgery and anaesthesia if relevant.

In some cases, it may be decided that you are unsuitable or it is not in your best medical interests to proceed with Vaser Liposuction, and the reasons for this will be discussed with you. As this is an elective surgery it is not something to be undertaken if something is likely to compromise your health.


 Your surgeon will have given you recommendations about how to prepare for your procedure. These will most probably include:

  • Stop Smoking.
  • Stop taking medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Ensure you have someone to take you home after the procedure and someone to assist you during recovery.
  • Ensure you have taken time off work.
  • Eat healthily in the lead up to your procedure.
  • Drink plenty of water.

A full list of recommendations will be given to you by your patient advisor or surgeon and it is very important that you follow these carefully to ensure you are in the best physical health and ready for your procedure.


On the day of your procedure you will make your way to the hospital or clinic where your procedure is taking place. You will receive all of this information beforehand from your patient coordinator so you will know what time to be there. We recommend wearing, or at least bringing loose and comfortable clothing to wear home.

The procedure itself is usually performed under local anaesthetic or under sedation if requested.  A small probe is used to transmit the ultrasound energy and liquefy fat cells prior to removal through a gentle suction process. It is a significantly less invasive procedure than traditional liposuction and the time taken will depend on how many areas you are having treated but generally last between one to two hours.

Many patients are able to see the results of the procedure straight away but it is important to remember that you will need to go through a recovery process and that a more accurate time to check  your results is about five to six weeks post procedure when any swelling will have subsided.


Once you have left the hospital or clinic with your friend or family member you will be able to return home and start your recovery process.

Overall Vaser Liposuction does not have a huge amount of downtime and you should be okay to get back to your daily routine within a couple of days but this will all depend on the areas you have had treated and your own personal healing rate.

It is likely there will be some degree of bruising and swelling so avoiding strenuous activities and exercise is advised for at least six weeks. However, don’t spend your time recovering sat down – make sure to stay active and keep moving when possible to minimise swelling.

We recommend attending regular MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage)massages to help speed up your recovery; this is a specialist form of gentle and rhythmical pressure massage. It is designed to encourage the body’s natural drainage and removal of excess fluid and waste products from body tissues and it can greatly approve the appearance of swelling as well as leave you feeling relaxed and calm.

Other suggestions for Vaser Liposuction aftercare include;

  • Eating a balanced diet.
  • You may feel bloated and constipated initially so foods rich in fibre are always recommended initially.
  • Wear your compression garments for the time required, your surgeon will let you know how long to wear them for, it’s dependant on the areas treated.
  • Be prepared for leaking from the small wounds so old sheets and loose dark coloured clothing are advised.
  • Be prepared for swelling in areas that were not treated directly as well.

You can find out loads more information about Vaser Liposuction on our website and within our blogs.

The Private Clinic

Our specialist vaser liposuction surgeons have performed over 4,000 Vaser Liposuction treatments to date, more than any other clinic in Europe. We have the expertise and experience to ensure that you have the best quality and most comprehensive care including a twenty-four hour patient helpline, post-operative care and appointments, comprehensive patient information and outstanding hospital facilities.

Dr Dennis Wolf – London
Dr Vlok – Birmingham and Leeds
Dr Paul Cronin – Manchester

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New launches in Princes Risborough

Our clinic in Princes Risborough is having an event on 14th September to launch a selection of new treatments that were previously not available at this clinic.

Princes Risborough is a small town set in the county of Buckinghamshire in the South East of England. There are two local railway stations with excellent links into London Marylebone and it is in an ideal location for surrounding towns and villages such as Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Amersham and Wendover to find easily accessible.

So what’s new?

Laser Hair Removal is one of our most popular skin treatments with our qualified therapists carrying out close to 500 hair removal treatments a month across our clinics nationwide.

We are able to offer permanent hair reduction on areas such as the face, underarms, arms, legs, bikini line, back, shoulders, chest, abdomen, neck and ears and the treatments are suitable for both male and females of all skin types.

If you come along to our Open Day on 14th September you will be able to find out more about the treatment, have a test patch and claim a free laser treatment for a small area.

Our new Cutera CoolGlide® laser is a non-invasive vein removal treatment. The laser generates a pulse of intense, concentrated light which passes through the skin into the blood vessels that you would like removed and it then targets the lining without causing damage to any of the surrounding tissues or skin. The damaged vein is then absorbed by your body and the flow of blood is re-routed down into the deeper veins.

You will be able to have laser vein removal almost anywhere on the body and it is does not require any injections or anaesthesia. The skin is not broken during the treatment so you will not need bandages, tape or support stockings.

There will be lots more information about the laser vein removal treatment at our Open Day plus there is 30% off any courses of any treatment booked on the night.

Profhilo is a new treatment available at our Princes Risborough clinic. It is rumoured to be rivaling dermal filler treatments. The treatment aims to improve skin tissue quality which actually then compliments all other aesthetic procedures such as wrinkle reducing injections.

Profhilo is a new Hyaluronic Acid gel which diffuses into the skin stimulating the creation of collagen and elastin over a period of four weeks. You will soon start to notice smoother and tighter skin and the treatment can be repeated every six months where required.

Our last new treatment that we would like to introduce is the IPL machine. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and a popular treatment is photorejuvenation which is most commonly used for removing sun spots, reducing redness and rosacea and improving skin texture.

What is happening at the event?

You will also be able to find out about all our existing treatments and cosmetic surgery procedures too including Plastic Surgery, Hair Transplants and Varicose Vein removal.

Our aesthetic nurses and doctors will be showing off their skills with a selection of injectable demonstrations where you are free to ask as many questions as you like and be able to discuss the treatments in more detail.

As well as 30% off treatment courses we will also be offering 20% off any skin treatments*

Plus enjoy a glass of complimentary prosecco and take away one of our goody bags with product samples and special offers.

RSVP to book an appointment: or 01844 211777

*valid when the treatment or courses are booked & paid for on the day.


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Surgeon Spotlight: Mr Adrian Richards

Mr Adrian Richards is a consultant plastic surgeon and also medical director at The Private Clinic.

Mr Richards has specialised in plastic surgery since 1999 after completing his medical training in 1988. He has a special interest in breast surgery and started his surgical career at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire before creating his own private practice titled Aurora Clinics, also in Buckinghamshire.

At The Private Clinic Adrian now runs consultation clinics in London Harley Street, Northampton and Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire and operates out of our purpose built theatre in Fitzroy Square, London.

Mr Adrian Richards specialises in breast surgery and sits among the top surgeons for breast surgery both at The Private Clinic and in the UK.

Breast Augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves adding implants to the bust to improve the shape, size, form and/or feel of your breasts.

Breast Reduction is a surgical procedure which involves removing breast tissue to reduce the overall size, weight and volume of your breasts.

Breast Uplift is the removal of excess skin to result in a firmer and lifted appearance to the breasts.

Breast Implant Removal is when you choose to have your breast implants removed. It is common for patients to combine this procedure with uplift but it can be performed without.

Breast Implant Replacement is when your breast implants are replaced with other implants of the same, lower or larger size. Implants can be replaced due to medical reasons or just for personal preference and the procedure is performed in a similar way to a standard breast augmentation.

Asymmetry Correction is when your breasts have a shape or size difference. It is common for breasts to be different sizes and in most cases it is not severe enough to consider surgery but in some cases a combination of procedures including breast augmentation, breast reduction and breast uplift may be performed, often in stages, with the goal of creating a more symmetrical bust.

Inverted Nipple Correction is a surgical procedure often performed under local anaesthetic to correct the position of a nipple where instead of pointing outwards– instead retracts into the breast.

Areola Reduction is a surgical procedure designed to decrease the size of your areolas if you feel they are too large or have an unnatural appearance. This procedure is performed on male and female patients.

Nipple Reduction is a procedure where the size of the nipple is reduced to correct the appearance of overly prominent, wide or puffy nipples.

Mr Adrian Richards also performs earlobe repair for ears that have split, ripped or torn and/or stretched earlobes which may be the result of tribal piercings.

Mr Adrian Richards is a RealSelf Top Doctor and was named as one of the world’s Top 100 Most Influential Cosmetic Doctors by the same website.

You can read some of testimonials from former patients below taken from RealSelf and TrustPilot.

I had breast augmentation last year by Mr Adrian Richards. I can honestly say him, the adorable Aggie and his team were absolutely amazing from the very first consultation to the aftercare. Post op I unfortunately had a reaction to some medication and Aggie was there at the end of the phone and even checked on my well-being over the weekend. I am absolutely in love with my boobs and I can’t believe how much confidence they have given me! The only regret is that I didn’t have it done years ago! For anyone considering this procedure Mr Richards is your man!” – Clare, Bedford

Mr Richards is an amazing surgeon and have made my dream boobs come true, he is a very nice and approachable. He and his team or nurses answered my questions to the best of their ability at every appointment.” – Chloe, Buckinghamshire

Mr Richards is a real people’s person, very easy to talk to and at all times I felt comfortable to ask questions and he was happy to answer. He advised on what he thought to achieve best results but never pushed anything on me and ultimately it was my choice. He listened to everything I wanted and expected from breast surgery and delivered, he’s magic! Sometimes I feel breast lift with implants lacks the volume “vump” of breast implants alone this was my main concern but Dr. Richards achieved the upper pole fullness that I didn’t think was even possible. Amazing work I’m so happy with my result, only regret is that I didn’t have done sooner!” – Bella, London

Mr Adrian Richards is keen to share his knowledge and regularly films videos of him performing surgery which, are not for the faint hearted, but do give a real insight into what happens during the procedures. He is also a regular face on our social media channels and enjoys answering any questions or queries from our followers.

Alongside his surgical work, Adrian is a prolific author with an extensive list of plastic surgery publications and books, including a best-selling textbook ‘Keynotes on Plastic Surgery’.

To book in for a consultation with Mr Adrian Richards please use our contact form and someone will be in touch soon, or contact us directly on 0330 057 2705

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Joan Collins husband snoring – How To Stop Snoring

With Dame Joan Collins making headlines for her snoring being “like a ‘Tchaikovsky symphony” (impressive!) we thought we’d take a minute to remind you what can be done about it. There’s an estimated 15 million snorers in the UK so the glamorous actress is far from alone in her situation.

You can imagine, or might even know first-hand, what damage snoring can do to everyone involved. A good rest is the foundation of good health, and when you haven’t slept you are not going to be in the best of moods and relationships can become fraught. Joan Collins joked that she hopes this doesn’t “cause her to divorce” Percy Gibson, we hope so too!

What can be done?

There’s a myriad of lotions, potions and ‘cures’ for snoring out there. Some are happy with them; ear plugs, mouth-guards or nasal clips can have decent (albeit temporary) results for people. Getting to a healthy weight, eating well and not smoking can all decrease your snoring. Rolling the sleeper to their front or side can also help.

For those looking for a fuss-free long term solution we hold a very successful sleep disorder clinic here at The Private Clinic which is often fully booked at least a month in advance. Our success rate last year was 98% and it’s no more invasive than a trip to the dentist. If you are a frequent snorer and it’s interrupting the sleep of you or a loved one then a trip in to see us (or even your local GP) is advisable because it may be an indicator of another health concern like a deviated septum or enlarged tonsils which would need surgical attention.

A Treatment That Works

The most common treatment we offer is Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) which is performed by Professor Yves Kamami, who has been helping people with their snoring for more than 30 years. He is frequently asked to attend events and make television appearances on the matters of snoring, blocked noses and sleep apnoea and actually created the LAUP treatment.

The treatment itself involves using a laser to target the uvula (at the back of your throat) and surrounding area to eliminate excess tissue. This creates a larger airway with less chance of it becoming blocked during sleep. LAUP frees your previously blocked passage which creates a better flow of oxygen, increases your energy levels and crucially stops you snoring. This benefits the snorer and everyone around them! LAUP is sometimes combined with a nasal treatment which takes just a few minutes more.

There is no downtime or hospital stay, it’s a quick quarter of an hour under local anaesthetic so the treatment area is numb. We are totally honest with our patients and must let you know there is some pain afterwards as your throat heals. You will be given some medication and we are always ready to welcome you back or answer a call or email if you’re concerned. There’s usually no need to come back in for further treatment although the doctor will invite you back a few months later just for a complimentary check-up. People often come in just to thank him!

Our patients tell us the treatment has been “life-changing” and “marriage saving”; we sleep easy knowing we’ve made a difference.

Our priority is you.

We perform LAUP at: London, Manchester, Leeds & consultations for the treatment are available at Glasgow, Bristol and Birmingham.

For more information on our Snoring treatments check out or website or call 0333-920-2471.

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Laying down the facts about Vaser Liposuction

Here at The Private Clinic we pride ourselves on being one of the UK’s leading providers of Vaser Liposuction with our team of some of the most sought after VASER liposuction doctors performing over 1,300 procedures per year. We have performed more vaser liposuction procedures than any other cosmetic surgery group in the UK to date.

As with most treatments and procedures, there are always a few myths and misconceptions all of which can be discussed and cleared up in a consultation with your doctor, but we are going to discuss some of the more frequently questioned ones right now to allow you to make a more informed decision in choosing the right treatment for you – because it’s your body.

Vaser Liposuction is suitable for anyone

Essentially yes, but there are a lot of conditions that you will need to meet in order to be the perfect candidate for liposuction – these include;

Weight – It is not safe for large amounts of fat to be removed in one treatment so we like patients to be at their ideal target weight before considering treatment.

Skin – The better condition your skin is in, the better the result you will achieve. Good elasticity means your skin will be less likely to sag. If you already have sagging skin then a surgical procedure to remove this may be more suited to you.

Smoking  – If you smoke you are more likely to have complications during your recovery process including increased healing time and infections.

Good Health – Before having treatment a full medical check is carried out to rule out any potential complications during or after the procedure. Similarly, if you are feeling unwell in the lead up to your procedure you should inform your doctor as your surgery may need to be postponed to another date when you are feeling better.

To find out more about being a good candidate for Vaser Liposuction see our previous blog post here

You won’t gain fat again in the future

Although Vaser Liposuction does remove fat, a healthy body still needs a layer of fat cells so some will still remain in the area. As a result – if you put on weight after your procedure then the fat cells in the areas treated are just as likely to expand along with areas that have not been treated.

We recommend that you maintain a healthy weight after having the procedure to avoid losing the results of your vaser liposuction treatment.

Vaser Liposuction can get rid of Cellulite

Cellulite is made up of underlying fat deposits that push through the connective tissue beneath the skin causing a dimpled or ‘orange peel’ appearance to the skin.

As a rule, Vaser Liposuction is not designed to remove cellulite however some patients have noticed an improvement in the appearance of it. We are unable to guarantee such results and if this is the main reason why you are considering Vaser Liposuction then an alternative treatment may be more suitable for you.

The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic is an accredited European Advanced VASER Training Centre, and in 2008 we launched VASER Hi-Def in the UK. We are renowned for setting high standards in the Cosmetic Industry and we address every possible measure to ensure patient safety and satisfaction. Your safety and results depend on your surgeon’s experience – all of our surgeons have perfected the skills and techniques in their fields of expertise, and you can rest assured that you will be seen and treated by one of the top doctors in the industry.

Dr Dennis Wolf is one of the first Doctors in the UK to perfect the use of VASER Lipo as a minimally invasive procedure for Breast Reduction. He has performed over 2200 VASER Lipo procedures for The Private Clinic. Dr Dennis Wolf is available at our London Harley Street and Birmingham clinics.

Dr Grant Hamlet was one of the first UK doctors trained in VASER Hi-Def. He specialises in VASER Liposculpting, Fat Transfer & defined and chiselled body contours, namely VASER high definition and VASER 4D. Dr Hamlet is available at our London Harley Street clinic.

Dr Vlok focuses on body sculpture and definition using VASER 4D, VASER Hi-Def and VASER Mid-Def. Dr Vlok is based at our Birmingham clinic.

Dr Paul Cronin has performed over 600 VASER Lipo procedures, which he performs at The Private Clinic in Manchester. He was one of the first Doctors to bring VASER Lipo to the North West region.

We also have a purpose built, state of the art private hospital at Fitzroy Square, London so we can take care of you throughout your patient journey.

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Vicky patient story

Women these days are taking more care of their bodies and training hard to reach those dream body goals. There is one area in particular however that can’t be worked on – breasts.

Breasts unfortunately can’t be’ trained on’ meaning that aside from the obvious push-up bras and “chicken fillets”, the only real solution is surgery.

Vicky Hadley is a blogger for the BikiniGirlsDiary and fitness bikini model who first thought about having a breast enlargement after competing in her first fitness bikini competition. Training for the competition meant that she lost volume in her chest which was already small.

 “The annoying thing about dropping body fat especially with most women is that the first place you lose it from is the breast area. Which, for me, was definitely not ideal being that I was already sat at a small B cup.”

Being someone heavily involved in fitness generally should not cause any issues when it comes to breast enlargement surgery, but there are a few things that you need to consider; suitable implant size and whether to go over or under the muscle. These factors are best discussed with your surgeon who will be able to measure your current size and make an informed decision.

Going under the muscle is ideal for someone after a natural look especially if you are small-chested originally; going under the muscle does mean a much longer recovery time and sometimes more pain.

Going over the muscle can still give you a natural look as long as you have enough natural breast tissue there in the first place, and the recovery is also said to be faster and less painful. If you are quite lean and small chested naturally there is a risk that the implants can look quite obvious which would then limit your choice of implant size.

“I didn’t want anything huge, I wasn’t after becoming the next page 3 glamour model I just wanted ‘something’”

Vicky knew exactly what she wanted and coming to The Private Clinic for a consultation she met with one of our experienced surgeons who was able to take on board Vicky’s wishes and come up with a perfect surgical plan that would suit Vicky’s expectations and her lifestyle too.

Recovering from surgery is another big factor for anyone on a strict fitness plan. Doing anything that goes against your aftercare can potentially cause a risk for you and your final result. Exercise, for the majority of surgical procedures, is off limits for at least six weeks.

“I wasn’t allowed to train for the first six weeks which for an avid gym goer was another challenge but totally worth it. I am back in the gym now and lifting weights. My strength had taken a bit of a dip from my break but it quickly came back – and the motivation seeing my new shape in gym wear and swim wear definitely helped out.”

Most often, getting the result that you desire comes down to the surgeon. If you are working hard on getting your body looking amazing then you would most likely want your breasts to compliment the hard work you have been putting in rather than overshadow your work by being too big.

The aftercare following surgery requires commitment and although there are lots of things you can do to keep in shape like walking and working on your legs, it may take a while to get back into any upper body or chest work.

“It was unbelievable, my confidence was high and I felt amazing. The real achievement here is the fact that I finally feel like a woman. Not a young girl missing something – a grown, sexy, confident and happy woman.”

We think Vicky has had a great result from surgery which has most definitely helped by going to someone who understood her expectations and was experienced in working with someone who had a more athletic body and lifestyle.

You can read more about Vicky’s patient story here

The Private Clinic

Here at The Private Clinic we have a team of breast enlargement specialists who use their years of expertise to ensure you find the right option for your needs. We are proud to offer the highest quality implants with the most comprehensive cover in the industry including free consultations with our specialist breast surgeons, twenty-four hour patient helpline, dedicated post-operative care and appointments, three years of all surgical, hospital and nursing care free of charge, Nagor lifetime guarantee on the implant, unique peace of mind warranty of £1000, all of which are detailed in our comprehensive Patient Guide.

Our team includes some of the most recognised Breast Surgeons in the UK, based in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Princes Risborough (Buckinghamshire), Northampton and Bristol– all of which on the specialist register for Plastic Surgery and are members of British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

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What you need to know about female pattern baldness

Did you know that about one-third of women will experience hair loss at some time in their lives? Female hair loss and baldness can be very distressing for women who find themselves with the condition. The quicker you realise and get treated, the sooner you will be able to stop the loss and potentially even regrow the hair.

What is female pattern baldness?

Female pattern baldness can also be referred to as androgenetic alopecia which is hair loss in women. Hair loss is normal and expected for women especially as you age with the majority of women experiencing it after menopause.

What cause female pattern baldness?

Hair loss is usually in your genetics with many parents passing their hair loss issues down to their children so if your mother or grandmother experienced hair loss then it is highly likely that you will too at some point in your life. Female pattern baldness can also be as result of hormones with many women experiencing hair loss after menopause.

Causes for hair loss can vary between women, a trichologist will be able to run a series of tests and look at your lifestyle to reveal what the potential causes of your hair loss may be.

What does female pattern baldness look like? 

Female pattern baldness can be defined into three stages which forms the Ludwig Classification system;

Stage 1; Thinning around your parting
Stage 2; Increased thinning of the parting resulting in a wider parting appearance
Stage 3; Thinning throughout the head of hear with a noticeable see-through area around the crown of the head

Women are much less likely to go completely bald, but you will notice thinning throughout the hair as your hair follicles start to shrink resulting in thin and fragile hair that is susceptible to breakage. A usual loss of 50 to 100 hairs a day is surprisingly normal for women but if you are experiencing hair loss then this will be much more.

Can it be treated?

Although female pattern baldness is not treatable, proper treatment will be able to stop the hair loss and potentially help to regrow lost hair too. The majority of treatments usually require you to stay on them long-term otherwise your hair will eventually return to its previous state once you stop.

There are a variety of medications such as Minoxidil, Finasteride and Spironolactone that may be prescribed to you which aim to help regrow and thicken hair in women. These will be discussed with you by your prescriber as some do come with their own side effects which you certainly need to be aware of before taking a course of them.

Other treatments include PRP (platelet-rich plasma therapy) which has been said to stimulate hair growth although more studies need to be done to be able to confirm its effectiveness.

On seeing a trichologist they will take information about your lifestyle making notes on the potential aspects that are not helping your hair loss so things like quitting smoking, reducing treatments that damage your hair such as straightening and eating healthily will all help to reduce the scale of your hair loss.

In some cases your trichologist may suggest that the best way of resolving your hair loss issues is to undergo a hair transplant. Here at The Private Clinic we have some of the most experienced Hair Transplant Surgeons in Europe who are able to offer the most advanced method of hair restoration called FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and they will be able to assess your suitability and what results to expect from the procedure.

Is it possible to prevent female pattern baldness?

Unfortunately it is not always possible to prevent female pattern baldness, especially if it is genetic. There are a few ways you can help keep your hair healthy however and prevent it from excessive breakage and loss. These include; eating a healthy diet which includes plenty of iron, don’t smoke, ask your doctor if any medications you are taken have hair loss as a side effect, restricting sun exposure and avoiding treatments such as bleaching, perming and straightening that can break and damage the hair.


The Private Clinic
We only work with highly recognised Trichology professionals certified by the Institute of Trichologists to get the best results for your needs. Our elite team has advanced knowledge of hair loss and are able to utilise years of experience to ensure they find the best treatment plan for you. They work in collaboration with our industry-leading hair surgeons and renowned dermatologists, to ensure results are not only noticeable, but also long-lasting.

Hair loss consultations are available in London Harley Street, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

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